Seib pondering her options with up-and-coming Cable Express

Danielle Seib has options on the table for talented galloper Cable Express. Image: Bradley Photos.

Danielle Seib has two excellent options on the table as she pushes forward with promising galloper Cable Express.

A two-time winner from just three career starts, the three-year-old was impressive on debut, taking out a 1400m Maiden Handicap for Jean Van Overmeire (JVO) at Canberra in January. 

Following a ten-week let-up, the Cable Bay gelding had a jockey change. With JVO out injured at the time, Danny Beasley landed the ride, and they finished third in a 1200m Class One Handicap at Canberra last month. 

Last time out, Cable Express contested the Murrumbidgee Turf Club Guineas Prelude at Wagga Wagga on April 21, and he was again very good when holding on for a game victory over the 1400m. 

With Beasley again in the saddle, the Goulburn galloper found himself in the lead after jumping well from gate nine and was challenged for the entire Wagga straight before holding on by a lip.

The win demonstrated Cable Express’s versatility, and Seib is excited to see how high his ceiling is.

“He’s always been a very genuine horse,” Seib told NSW Country and Picnic Racing.

“He’s a really big horse and was a bit immature mentally as a two-year-old, so he has had a lot of preps in and out and jump-outs at home to teach him what it’s about.”

Cable Express has been installed as a $12 chance ahead of Friday’s $80,000 MTC Guineas (1600m) at Wagga.

With Danny Beasley in the saddle and connections drawing gate six, Seib believes he has more improvement in him this preparation. 

“He’s got a bit of x-factor about him, and whenever we’ve asked for a bit more, he’s given it,” Seib said. 

“After Danny picked up the ride due to JVO’s injury, he said we don’t know the bottom of him, which is exciting.

“He’s pretty laid-back and can be a bit touchy and timid on the ground, but when on his back, he’s a professional. 

“The penny hasn’t dropped, and Danny has touched on it and said he’ll be ridden better behind the speed where horses take him into the race, and he does have a good turn of foot.”

It’s set to be a good edition of the MTC Guineas, with the likes of Annabel Neasham, John O’Shea, John Thompson, Gerald Ryan & Sterling Alexiou, and Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott entering chances. 

Still, Seib believes Cable Express is in the race up to his eyeballs, mainly due to his ability and versatility. 

“He’s an exciting horse, and he’s not one-dimensional,” Seib said. 

“He’s led from the front and rolled along, walked in front and kept kicking, and he’s finished strongly from the back of the field, and we think he’ll benefit being in a race with a genuine tempo,” Seib said. 

While the MTC Guineas is an option, Seib is considering the 1500m Class Two Highway Handicap at Hawkesbury on Saturday.  

Worth $120,000, Beasley has again been named in the saddle, but connections did draw a tad awkward with gate 15. 

“We are giving the Highway good consideration; it probably lacks a bit of depth and is worth more, but we’ll see where he draws and what the weather gods are thinking,” Seib said.

“It is going to be a wet track (at Hawkesbury); he’s handled it on his trackwork and trialled on a soft track. 

“He is bred to swim, and his mother was a swimmer; his whole family has good wet track form. He is bred to get out over a trip and should be a 2000m-plus horse.”

Seib and her team are in for a busy few days. They will start runners on both days of the Wagga Gold Cup carnival and on Saturday’s metropolitan program at Hawkesbury. 

Another interesting galloper is Hell I Am, entered for the $200,000 Wagga Town Plate (1200m) on Thursday and the $200,000 Listed Gold Rush (1100m) at Hawkesbury on Saturday. 

Gate 17 isn’t ideal at Wagga, but Tyler Schiller has been named to ride the four-year-old. 

At Hawkesbury, connections are drawn better with gate eight, but they have been locked in the first emergency.

The Hellbent gelding is a smart customer. When trained in Sydney by John O’Shea, he won at Canterbury twice and Royal Randwick before stepping up to some very good races.  

In late 2022, he won the $100,000 Magic Millions Stakes (1200m) at Wyong and finished third in the $160,000 Gosford Guineas (1200m) and the $2 million Gold Coast Magic Millions Guineas (1425m).

Having earned more than $450,000 in prizemoney, he’s since struggled in Listed and Group 3 company and, more recently, in metropolitan races at Eagle Farm and Royal Randwick before going to the paddock. 

Now, in Seib’s care, connections will see if Hell I Am can rediscover that good early form. 

“He’s a new addition to the stable, and he’s a well-credentialled horse,” Seib said. 

“He’s enjoyed the change of pace, being based in the country, and that was the aim with him. 

“His form wasn’t as good the last preparation or two, and we’re changing it up, but he has trained on well, and we were quite pleased with his trial, and Tyler (Schiller) was happy enough to take the ride, which is always a good sign.

“He’s another horse we have options with; he’s also got that good form on heavy tracks, so we’ll see how things play out.”

One of Seib’s runners who will definitely be heading to Wagga for the carnival is Due Calzini, who will contest the 2YO Showcase Handicap (1200m) on Thursday. 

Punters shopped around for as much as $26 for the D’Argento gelding, which has been crunched into $13. 

Louise Day has been booked for the ride and connections have drawn nicely with gate four. 

“He’s beaten Switzerland in a trial and was emergency for a half-million race but missed out on the run, and at his first start, he missed the kick, got run off his feet, and flew home and ran third,” Seib said. 

“Then he raced a bit greenly at Newcastle, and with him, the horse is there physically but not mentally. 

“He’s still putting it together; he’s a big horse and has good action, but he is very casual and still learning what the game is about.

“We thought this would be the best place for him, being a country 2YO race on a big, roomy track.

“He is going to learn more going to Wagga and getting amongst horses than racing in a smaller field or going in a barrier trial.

“He’s got good ability, and I really like the horse. I think he is going to relish racing at Wagga.”

It’s a big few days of racing in country NSW, and NSW Country and Picnic Racing will have more on the Wagga carnival, including tips, previews, and post-race coverage.